Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the Wrighte family lived among an ancient Scottish people called the Boernicians
. The name Wrighte is derived from the Old English "wyrhta," meaning "worker," or, specifically, "woodworker, carpenter, craftsman," and was used to refer to a carpenter. In medieval rolls, the name was often Latinized as Faber. "The Anglo-Saxon
wyrhta signifies, in its widest sense, the same as the Latin faber, a workman of any kind, but more specifically an artificer in hard materials." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Wrighte family
The surname Wrighte was first found in Berwickshire
, where the Wrighte family held a seat from ancient times. Some of the earliest records include Rauf le Wrighte, who was burgess of Stirling
, and Thomas le Whright of Blakenhall in Lanarkshire
, who rendered homage to King Edward I
in 1296 on his brief conquest of Scotland
. The family were common to the Lowlands of Scotland
and to the north of England
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Robert le Wriete in Cambridgeshire; Roger le Wriete in Cambridgeshire; and Margery le Wrytte in Cambridgeshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Adam Wrygson; Robert Wreghtson; and Johannes Redebarn, wryght. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Wrighte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wrighte research.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1342, 1590, 1657, 1602, 1658, 1609, 1623, 1637, 1664, 1660, 1664, 1615, 1683, 1670, 1685, 1634, 1689, 1687, 1689, 1611, 1690, 1675, 1682, 1654, 1721 and are included under the topic Early Wrighte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wrighte Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Wrighte family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Laurence Wright (1590-1657), an English physician, notably physician in ordinary to Oliver Cromwell
and to the Charterhouse; John Wright ( fl.
1602-1658), a major London publisher and bookseller, one of the two booksellers who sold Shakespeare's Sonnets in 1609 a member of... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wrighte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wrighte family to Ireland
Some of the Wrighte family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wrighte family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Wright, who settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife, Richard Wright and his wife Margaret, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 with their daughter, Richard Wright, who settled in Virginia in 1636.